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SIGNING RESULTS: 1962 NL MVP, Dodgers Great Mr. Maury Wills!!

SIGNING RESULTS: 1962 NL MVP, Dodgers Great Mr. Maury Wills!!

Wow, this former player has been on my ‘want list’ for years.

And after having a few shots to get him and missing out on the opportunity, I finally jumped in with both feet and registered myself and my blank baseball for a private signing event with the former NL MVP.

And the results are perfect.

Have a look:

Maury Wills Ball

He’s got a pretty neat looking signature, doesn’t he?!?!

I’m digging it, and the added #30 and MVP NL ’62 inscription as well.

Maury Wills is the man.  He is a former league MVP, stolen base champ, 5-time All-Star, 2-time Gold Glove Winner, and 3-time World Series Champion!

Before Rickey Henderson, there was Lou Brock.  And before there was Lou Brock, it was Maury Wills!  He was an offensive machine, a true spark-plug for the Dodgers franchise – a career .281 hitter with an on-base percentage of .330.  Wills has 2,134 career hits with 586 stolen bases and 1,067 runs scored in 1,942 games played.

This is an autograph that I am super excited to have in my collection.  And it will rest with some of my other Dodgers’ balls – Duke Snider, Kirk Gibson, and Orel Hershiser.

Yeah Baby!!

Happy Birthday Maury Wills!!!

Happy Birthday Maury Wills!!!

Maury Wills turns 82 years old today.

Wills was a player that arrived in the game one generation too early.  A speedy player with a knack for stealing bases and scoring runs, he was in a league of his own when it came to generating offense for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He should certainly be credited for paving the way for the great runners that came after him.  He made the role of the base runner more important to a team’s roster, and he was rewarded for his efforts in 1962 by winning the MVP Award.

In ’62, he stole 104 bases, a major league record at the time.  Add to that his .299 batting average, 208 hits, and 130 runs scored and you have yourself a dynamic player.  He also was an All-Star in 1962; and he won a Gold Glove for his defensive work at shortstop.

For his career, Maury Wills stole 586 bases.  He completed his 14 years in the big leagues with a .281 average alongside 2,134 hits, 1,067 runs scored, 5 All-Star selections, 2 Gold Glove awards, and most important – 3 World Series championships!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Wills!!!

 

Did You Know…

In 1962, when Dodgers’ outfielder Maury Wills set the major league record of 104 stolen bases in a single season, he passed every major league team.  The Washington Senators had the highest team tally with 99 steals.

Maury Wills

Did You Know…

During the 1960’s, no base runner stole more bases than Maury Wills.  Wills stole 535 bags in the decade.

Maury Wills

Happy Birthday Maury Wills!!!

Happy Birthday Maury Wills!!!

Maury Wills turns 81 years old today.

Wills was a player that arrived in the game one generation too early.  A speedy player with a knack for stealing bases and scoring runs, he was in a league of his own when it came to generating offense for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He should certainly be credited for paving the way for the great runners that came after him.  He made the role of the base runner more important to a team’s roster, and he was rewarded for his efforts in 1962 by winning the MVP Award.

In ’62, he stole 104 bases, a major league record at the time.  Add to that his .299 batting average, 208 hits, and 130 runs scored and you have yourself a dynamic player.  He also was an All-Star in 1962; and he won a Gold Glove for his defensive work at shortstop.

For his career, Maury Wills stole 586 bases.  He completed his 14 years in the big leagues with a .281 average alongside 2,134 hits, 1,067 runs scored, 5 All-Star selections, 2 Gold Glove awards, and most important – 3 World Series championships!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Wills!!!

 

Maury Wills 2001 Topps Archives

Maury Wills 2001 Topps Archives

I have long admired the major league career of Maury Wills.  No, I never got to see him play.  And no, he never suited up for the teams that I have cheered for during my lifetime.

But, it certainly does appear that he played the game in the same manner in which I enjoy watching it.

Wills was a hustler; a terror on the base paths.  And he was a nightmare for pitchers; both at the plate and while on base.

Here is a card of him from the 2001 Topps Archives set.

VINTAGE WILLS

If you had to pick one player in the majors today that you would compare to Wills and how he played the game, who would you select?

My pick is Michael Bourn!

Happy Birthday Maury Wills!!!

Happy Birthday Maury Wills!!!

Maury Wills turns 80 years old today.

Wills was a player that arrived in the game one generation too early.  A speedy player with a knack for stealing bases and scoring runs, he was in a league of his own when it came to generating offense for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He should certainly be credited for paving the way for the great runners that came after him.  He made the role of the base runner more important to a team’s roster, and he was rewarded for his efforts in 1962 by winning the MVP Award.

In ’62, he stole 104 bases, a major league record at the time.  Add to that his .299 batting average, 208 hits, and 130 runs scored and you have yourself a dynamic player.  He also was an All-Star in 1962; and he won a Gold Glove for his defensive work at shortstop.

For his career, Maury Wills stole 586 bases.  He completed his 14 years in the big leagues with a .281 average alongside 2,134 hits, 1,067 runs scored, 5 All-Star selections, 2 Gold Glove awards, and most important – 3 World Series championships!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Wills!!!

Happy Birthday Maury Wills!!!

Happy Birthday Maury Wills!!!

Maury Wills turns 79 years old today.

Wills was a player that arrived in the game one generation too early.  A speedy player with a knack for stealing bases and scoring runs, he was in a league of his own when it came to generating offense for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He should certainly be credited for paving the way for the great runners that came after him.  He made the role of the base runner more important to a team’s roster, and he was rewarded for his efforts in 1962 by winning the MVP Award.

In ’62, he stole 104 bases, a major league record at the time.  Add to that his .299 batting average, 208 hits, and 130 runs scored and you have yourself a dynamic player.  He also was an All-Star in 1962; and he won a Gold Glove for his defensive work at shortstop.

For his career, Maury Wills stole 586 bases.  He completed his 14 years in the big leagues with a .281 average alongside 2,134 hits, 1,067 runs scored, 5 All-Star selections, 2 Gold Glove awards, and most important – 3 World Series championships!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Wills!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1960s & 1970s’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1960s & 1970s’

Shout out to my man ‘Hackenbush‘ for the fantastic idea!!!

Being that we both have a fondness for players from that era, he challenged me with this idea.  And while it took me a few weeks longer than what I wanted, it was not due to lack of interest.  It was that I had to revamp and revise the list time after time after time.

And while I am still not 100% sold on the final rankings, I am ready to publish my list tonight.

As for criteria, I tried to pick players that starred during the 1960s and 1970s for the majority of their prime.  And while I do think that there are several HOFers that seem to be forgotten from that period (Fergie Jenkins and Lou Brock to name a few), if you are in the HOF you are not on my list.

So, with all of that being said – Let’s Do This!!!

Honorable Mention – Ted Simmons, Paul Blair, Ken Griffey, George Foster, Tony Oliva, Tug McGraw, and Lou Piniella.

10B – Tommy John – 288 career wins with 162 complete games is nothing to sneeze at.  John was an All-Star four times and made it to the playoffs five times.

10A – Dwight Evans – A supreme defender with a cannon for an arm, Evans also delivered a punch at the plate as he connected for 385 home runs, and driving in 1,384 runners.

9 – Willie Randolph – A slick defender with unreal quickness, Randolph stole 271 bases and scored 1,239 times en route to six All-Star selections.

8 – Fred Lynn – The 1975 ROY and MVP was a supreme star from the moment he took the field.  Earning nine straight All-Star selections to start his career, Lynn was on par with the best outfielders in the AL for a decade.  And his 1979 batting title aint to shabby either…

7  -Dave Parker – A slugger in every sense of the word, Parker clubbed home runs for a living while helping make the Pirates franchise relevant.  339 career home runs with two batting titles and 7 All-Star selections solidifies the resume of the 1974 NL MVP.

6 – Luis Tiant – Ask anyone that faced him during his prime and they will tell you.  Luis Tiant was a monster!!!  With 229 career wins and 187 complete games, Tiant was a worker.  He threw more than 200 innings in 8 of his 19 seasons.

5 – Keith Hernandez – Before he was appearing in Seinfeld episodes or selling hair color for men, Hernandez was dominating baseball games as a defensive specialist.  He collected 11 Gold Glove awards in 17 seasons and his batting title in 1979 coupled with his Gold Glove status made him an MVP.

4 – Bill Madlock – Winning four batting titles is remarkable.  And winning them over a stretch of a 11-season span shows your dedication to the craft.  Madlock retired with a .305 batting average and rang up 11 seasons in which he hit .300 or better.

3 – Dave Kingman – He was Rob Deer before Rob Deer.  He was Adam Dunn before Adam Dunn.  In total, Kingman crushed 442 home runs, including eclipsing the 30-HR mark seven times.  Kingman was a 3-time All-Star.

2 – Maury Wills – A threat on the base paths from the moment he stepped onto the field, Maury Wills raised the bar when it came to base running and specifically base stealing.  The league champion for six consecutive seasons, Wills was the single season record owner, and swiped 586 bags during his 14-year career.

1 – Vida Blue – With uncanny talent, and a string team behind him, Blue was the AL MVP and Cy Young winner in 1971.  He would have five more Top 7 finishes for the Cy Young Award and also 6 All-Star game appearances.  Most important, Blue competed in and won three consecutive World Series titles from 1972-74.

And there you have it.  If you asked me to do this again, I would probably rank them differently, but all of these guys had fantastic big league careers and they all deserve more credit and recognition by the sport and our hobby!!!

Thanks for reading.

1987 Topps ‘Turn Back The Clock’ – Card #5 – Maury Wills

1987 Topps ‘Turn Back The Clock’ – Card #5 – Maury Wills

‘Twenty Five Years Ago’

Topps’ 1987 baseball card set was a celebration of their very popular release from 25 years prior – the 1962 Topps set.  Keeping with the theme of a wood-grain border, the ’87 set was a bit brighter and lighter than it’s older brother, but the feeling of nostalgia is certainly there.

Here is the card from the ‘Turn Back The Clock’ set that features Dodgers legend, Mr. Maury Wills.

Some of my favorite highlights from the 1962 baseball season:

  1. Tommy Davis leading the league in batting average, hits, and RBI
  2. Sandy Koufax’s 18 strikeouts in a 9-inning game
  3. Jackie Robinson’s election into the Baseball Hall of Fame